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Transportation Grant Opportunities

Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 10:08 AM / by Michelle Hansen

In our home state of Illinois, we have two seasons: winter and construction season. Flip statement notwithstanding, transportation-related projects are huge financial commitments for states, counties, and municipalities. To ease the strain that these projects could have on your budget, check out the handpicked list of grants below.



Fiscal Year 2016 Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program High Priority Discretionary Grant Program

Funds from this program are available for state transportation agencies, local municipalities, and organizations representing government agencies that use and train qualified officers and employees in coordination with state motor vehicle safety agencies. Grants start at $25,000 and max out at $1 million. These grants are intended for motor vehicle safety enforcement and/or outreach and education. Fundable projects include mitigating large bus and track crashes, pedestrian and bicycle safety, seat belt compliance, and much more. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 31. Our team of experts can help get this proposal submitted in time, even with a tight turnaround. If you are interested in speaking to an expert about meeting this deadline, you can contact us here.


Wisconsin Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program

This grant program is only for our friends in Wisconsin. If you are interested in a similar program in your home state, check out opportunities offered by your state’s Department of Natural Resources. Wisconsin public and private agencies and marinas can apply for these funds to construct, renovate, and maintain boating infrastructure facilities for transient recreational vessels at least 26 feet long. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 28. Grants are either $200,000 or $1.5 million. This program requires a 25% match. For assistance in applying before the deadline or for information on how to find matching grants, contact us.


Energy Foundation

The Energy Foundation supports transportation projects, especially those that reduce energy usage and carbon pollution. Non-profit organizations throughout the United States are eligible to apply. The foundation favors regional projects as opposed to local community projects. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. The foundation also favors having an initial Letter of Intent before submitting a full application.


Surdna Foundation

This fund hopes to award grant money to transportation systems and transit solutions that give people affordable and reliable transportation options in their daily life. These projects should also have a minimum impact on the environment. Fundable projects should: strengthen and expand the use of transportation project performance standards that improve transportation options, increase access and mobility, reduce vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions, and advance climate-resilient strategies. Letters of Intent are required to be submitted before sending in a full application. LOIs are accepted on an ongoing basis. Last year, grants in this category ranged from $17,000 to over $1 million.


We have a team of experts ready to help you. Whether you are a municipality, school, or non-profit organization can develop programming, find funding, obtain funding, and manage those grant opportunities. Don’t delay -- talk to one of our team members today. Remember, the first consultation is always free, so schedule yours now.


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